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Open Defecation Continues Despite New Toilets | Staff | Down to Earth

Removing open defecation was one of the most touted goals of Swachh Bharat Mission. Lakhs of toilets have been built in India since 2014.  57% of households without a latrine in 2014 had one by 2018, according to a study by rice and Accountability Initiative conducted in Bihar, MP, Rajasthan and UP, but 23% of those with a toilet still went out in the open.  Also, more than half the respondents said they have heard of people being coerced to stop open defecation.  Watch the Youtube video…